Our mission is to build the capacity of the people of Lwala to advance their own comprehensive well-being.
Health is at the center of our programs in Kenya. In Migori County, where Lwala is located, HIV rates are 16-20%, triple the national average. In addition, rates of infant and maternal mortality in the region are high. Out of every 1,000 births, 95 babies will die before their 1st birthday, more than 10 times as many in the U.S. Due to the threats of HIV, malaria, other infectious diseases, and poor sanitation, life expectancy in the region hovers just above 40 years. In order to combat these threats to well-being, our programs focus both on treatment at the hospital and prevention through health education and outreach in the community.
The Lwala Community Hospital provides primary care, maternal and reproductive health services, and HIV care and treatment. Fully staffed by Kenyan clinicians, the 12 bed facility cares for 2,800 patient visits each month. The most common illnesses treated are malaria, respiratory infections, parasites, diarrhea, HIV, and TB. In the last 2 years, the number of patient visits has more than doubled – which drives our need for more hospital space and more clinical staff.
In 2009, Lwala Community Alliance made a public commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative to enhance the quality and extend the reach of maternal and child health services in Lwala. Through fulfillment of that vision, we’ve transformed maternal health care in Lwala, Kenya and had remarkable impact in the lives of mothers and babies. Currently, 96% percent of pregnant women are delivering at a health facility with a skilled nurse, up from 26% before our commitment. A team of community health workers recruit and enroll all pregnant women in the service area to participate in the entire continuum of maternal, neonatal and child health care.
In our hospital facility, there are 1,200 community members on ongoing HIV care and treatment. With our partners, the Kenyan Ministry of Health, Blood Water Mission, and the University of California San Francisco, we provide testing, HIV care and treatment, and ongoing primary care to individuals infected by HIV. With help with BD, we offer CD4 testing directly on-site at our laboratory. Our holistic services include support groups, HIV+ mentors, home visits, and engagement in economic development programs. Strengthening our HIV program is a major organizational goal over the next 5 years - with a greater focus on prevention, identifying and enrolling all those who need care and treatment, increasing quality of care, and virtually eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV.
To this end, we are working with Blood:Water Mission and NOPE to improve the quality and availability of comprehensive HIV/AIDS health care and support services for individuals living with HIV. This will be accomplished by building the skill level of Lwala Community Hospital staff to provide quality HIV services, funding the provision of clinical and psychosocial HIV services, and strengthening the Lwala Community Alliance as a Kenyan civil society organization.
You can help us sustain our existing programs and roll out further initiatives by making a donation now.
October 30th, 2014
Lwala Board Fellow and Vanderbilt Medical Student Jon Andereck shares about his recent time in Lwala. http://lwalacommunityalliance.org/2014/10/vanderbilt-medical-student-recounts-time-in-lwala/
Vanderbilt Medical Student Recounts Time in Lwala
The midday sun beat down on our necks as we walked the red clay road through Kuna district. Obel, the director of public health, led the het